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Ford Edge Titanium 2016 Review

Ford Edge Titanium 2016 Review

When the Edge first appeared about a decade
ago, it was Ford's first play in the midsize crossover segment and went on to become a
huge success. And now for 2015, the Edge is redesigned with more polish and maturity to
further its story. 2015 Ford Edge TitaniumWhile the Escape and
Explorer contribute the most to Fords utility vehicle coffer, the Edge is the middle sibling
and doing quite well in its own right, competing against the likes of the Nissan Murano and
besting it in sales. Its exclusively a 2-row 5-seater and is priced in that upper
20s to upper 30s price range, in front or all-wheel drive.

Its now derived from the
Fusion sedan and comes with a new powertrain mix. No longer an option, the 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder
turbocharged EcoBoost engine moves over to the standard equipment column while
the non-turbo 3.5-Liter V6 becomes a $425 option. A new 2.7-Liter EcoBoost engine powers
the racier Edge Sport but thats for another show. The trim level Im driving is also new for
2015; its the top-of-the-line Edge Titanium, added to meet market demand for more premium
offerings.

This one is 2-wheel drive and priced from $36,495. But to get one exactly like
this colored in the exceptional White Platinum paint and stuffed with the wide ranging 302A
Equipment Group, itll cost you $42,290 before any available incentives. Slightly
longer and taller than before, Ford has walked the fine line of improving upon an already
popular model while maintaining its identity. Its an excellent step forward.

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The Edge has been in my possession for over
a week now and a few days ago I took the family on a foliage tour through New England. The
Edge could not have been a more agreeable companion giving the 3 of us a vehicle crafted
for enjoyable road trips. My biggest takeaways? The 2.0-Liter EcoBoost engine is enoughmuch
to my surpriseand provides very decent mileage. Its super quietmuch more so
than before and that lends to an even greater sense of luxury.

And lastly, the ride is not
Euro-tunedits American soft and sumptuous without being sloppy on the back roads. It
looks good and treats you right. With production moved from Spain to Cleveland,
this improved motor makes slightly more energy now  rated at 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet
of torque  through a twin-scroll turbo reducing lag, a lighter engine block, and
a higher compression ratio. So unlike before, you can specify an Edge with this engine and
all-wheel drive while increasing towing capacity from 1,500 pounds to 3,500 pounds.

AWD is
a $1,495 option. The gas mileage meter barely moves from before, rated at 20mpg city/30mpg
highway. Regular gas is fine but premium is recommended for improved performance. A smooth
shifting 6-speed auto with a fun Sport mode and paddle shifters is standard.

Everything
about the Edge looks and feels more premium, no matter if youre a passenger or the driver.
The new rear suspension in conjunction with a stiffer body means the Edge is more engaging
to drive as well as more sophisticated in how it handles rough roads. Its relaxed
yet astute in every aspect of its personality. The living space is family room friendly with
straightforward controls, great visibility, all day seating comfort and the luxury level
touch of Titanium service where just about everything is done for you. While the 2016 model gets the new SYNC3 system,
this short run of 2015s still uses MyFord Touchan infotainment unit that doesnt
offend me and offers voice and touchscreen control.

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A button push gives you angles from
the front-mounted 180-degree camera replete with its own washer but its not the awesomeness
of Nissans 360 degree camera. And a Ford technology thats been around for a while
Enhanced active park assist  now adds automatic perpendicular parking to parallel
parking as well as the ability to steer you out of a space. I had mixed results with the
perpendicular option, a feature I have little need for anyhow. Other safety tech includes
Blind Spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and lane keep
assist, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers and inflatable seat belts in the back.

The
perforated leather seats provide heated and cooled functionality in the front, heated
in the rear, remote start and a heated steering wheel are your friends in winter and the Panoramic
Vista Roof is enormous. Those in the back have reclining seats with plenty of space
in each direction and power folding functionality means lowering the seats is a simple button
push away, leading to wide, expansive cargo room. 2 USB ports in the front and a high
tech, configurable gauge cluster give the cabin a modern feel but by in large its
a simply adorned, easy to use space perfectly geared for its intended audience  it wont
scare away technophobes. Ford gets an A on this redo, furthering its leadership in the
utility vehicle segment..

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